Balloon Practices

Follow Smart Balloon Practices to uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community—and ensure everyone can fully appreciate the joy balloons bring to life’s occasions!

Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy. Read our stance on balloon releasing here.

Several years ago, The Balloon Council—and the balloon industry as a whole—faced a major challenge as it fought an attempt to outlaw helium-filled foil balloons in California. Although the legislation was ultimately vetoed, this process was an important reminder of the need to revitalize industry public relations activities.

That’s why The Balloon Council established Smart Balloon Practices, an educational and awareness campaign developed to serve several purposes: Educate consumers on the proper handling of balloons; Stress the importance of never releasing balloons; Maintain and nurture the public’s positive feelings about balloons; and Prevent anti-balloon legislation attempts in the future.

Smart Balloon Practices is a global awareness effort, not just limited to California or the United States. All members of the worldwide balloon industry—manufacturers, distributors, decorators, party retailers, entertainers—have a shared responsibility to promote the campaign.

The newest initiative in our education efforts is theMeet Faraday: Smart Balloon Practicescampaign.

This family-friendly version of the national education campaign includes a life-sized costumed mascot, named Faraday, who is the official Spokesballoon for The Balloon Council. Faraday visits communities to promote the proper use and disposal of balloons to people of all ages.


For more information on the “Meet Faraday” campaign contact Lorna O’Hara or visit our consumer facing website here.

We encourage everyone to take the #BeBalloonSmart Pledge and share the link with your colleagues, customers and friends.

public information director
Lorna O'Hara
Princeton House
160 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Phone (800) 233-8887

Fax (609)989-7491

Email Click here

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